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Saturday, July 30, 2011

This-n-That: Quirk Books

So we at Reading Teen thought it would be cool to give a little credit to books and other stuff that are not necessarily in the teen genre.

WHAT???? Seriously? Not Teen?   Yeah, yeah, yeah I hear you. However, there are so many cool and interesting books I want to share with you, our lovely followers. So from time to time we will show you some not so teen this-n-that. 

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favorites from Quirk Books: Seekers of all Things Awesome!

Every young lady dreams of a life spent exchanging witty asides with a dashing Mr. Darcy, but how should you let him know your intentions? Seek counsel from this charming guide to Jane Austen’s world. Its step-by-step instructions reveal the practicalities of life in Regency England, including sensible advice on:

By Margaret C. Sullivan

• How to behave at your first ball
• How to ride sidesaddle
• How to decline an unwanted marriage proposal
• How to improve your estate
• How to throw a dinner party
—and much more. Offering readers a glimpse into day-to-day life in Jane Austen’s time, The Jane Austen Handbook is the perfect companion for fans of her novels and their film adaptations, complete with detailed information on love among the social classes, currency, dress, and nuances of graceful living.   

This book looks cute and fun. It is a quick read with only 200 pages, but worth it. If you are a Jane Austen fan you will love this small but pretty heavy book. 

By Denise Kiernan

In the summer of 1776, fifty-six men risked their lives and livelihood to defy King George III and sign the Declaration of Independence—yet how many of them do we actually remember? Signing Their Lives Away introduces readers to the eclectic group of statesmen, soldiers, slaveholders, and scoundrels who signed this historic document—and the many strange fates that awaited them. Some prospered and rose to the highest levels of United States government, while others had their homes and farms seized by British soldiers. Signer George Wythe was poisoned by his nephew; Button Gwinnett was killed in a duel; Robert Morris went to prison; Thomas Lynch was lost at sea; and of course Sam Adams achieved fame as a patriot/brewer. Complete with portraits of the signers as well as a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence, Signing Their Lives Away provides an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.

I REALLY love these books! So much Information about the brave men who signed both documents. The best thing is that the jacket flaps unfold into the actual document. Well maybe not actual, but looks pretty darn close.

These books would be a great gift for that history buff in your life!

By Denise Keirnan

With their book Signing Their Lives Away, Denise Kiernan and Joseph D’Agnese introduced readers to the 56 statesmen (and occasional scoundrels!) who signed the Declaration of Independence. Now they’ve turned their attention to the 39 men who met in the summer of 1787 and put their names to the U.S. Constitution. Signing Their Rights Away chronicles a moment in American history when our elected officials knew how to compromise—and put aside personal gain for the greater good of the nation. These men were just as quirky and flawed as the elected officials we have today: Hugh Williamson believed in aliens, Robert Morris went to prison, Jonathan Dayton stole $18,000 from Congress, and Thomas Mifflin was ruined by alcohol. Yet somehow these imperfect men managed to craft the world’s most perfect Constitution. With 39 mini-biographies and a reversible dust jacket that unfolds into a poster of the original document, Signing Their Rights Away offers an entertaining and enlightening narrative for history buffs of all ages.

By Sam Stall

In 1897, Archibald Constable & Company published Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the most famous horror novel of all time. For reasons still debated by scholars, the first chapter of Dracula was cut from the book just weeks before publication. Here, it becomes the central clue in a spine-tingling original interactive mystery.

Dracula’s Heir begins 10 years after the horrific events described in the original novel. Jonathan and Mina Harker are happily married and enjoying life in Bixby, England. Meanwhile, their friend Dr. John Seward is tracking a string of crimes that seems eerily familiar: A 14-year-old girl sleepwalks out of her parents’ house and disappears into the night. Two “accident victims” are found drained of their blood, yet there is no crime scene evidence to explain its loss.

When Seward shares his discoveries with the famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, all the evidence points to Jonathan Harker. After all, Harker spent weeks imprisoned in Castle Dracula as a guest of the Count—was he infected without anyone realizing it? Has the mild-mannered English solicitor spent the last decade lurking in the shadows as a nosferatu? Or is someone (or something) else getting away with murder?
This chilling mystery novella features 8 removable clues, including a newspaper, a death certificate, Renfield’s private journal, and the original first chapter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. When you think you’ve solved the crime, you can open the final signature (sealed at the printer) to test your powers of deduction.

By Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
This has to be one of my favorite books so far this year... As Andye says... "It's creepy fantastic!"
 So You can see QUIRK BOOKS has a diverse selection of books. Check them out!


  1. All of these sound great... especially Dracula's Heir! I can't get enough of Dracula 'fanfiction'. Thanks for sharing, guys. :)

  2. interesting and very different... sometimes its nice to step away from what your used to every now and then.
    Thanks for sharing..


  3. I think Quirk books are awesome. I recently read Peculiar Children and right now I'm reading Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. I really enjoy how their books are sort of off-beat and unique ^-^

  4. Thanks for doing this! I love reading teen lit because it's so fun and fanciful, but as I get older I feel like I should be sinking my teeth into something a little more substantial too. Mrs. Peregrine sounds fantastic and creepy. Can't wait to pick it up!



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